Bluey Brink

DESCRIPTION: Bluey Brink, "a devil for work and a devil for drink," walks into Jimmy's bar and demands the closest available liquid -- the sulfuric acid used to clean the bar. Brink stomps out, and Jimmy fears for his life. But Brink returns next day asking for more
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Finger)
KEYWORDS: Australia talltale humorous drink poison
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Fahey-Eureka, pp. 148-149, "Bluey Brink" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 258-260, "Billy Brink" (1 text)
Finger, pp. 139-141, "Billy Brink" (1 text)
DT, BLUBRINK*
ADDITIONAL: A. K. MacDougall, _An Anthology of Classic Australian Lore_ (earlier published as _The Big Treasury of Australian Foiklore_), The Five Mile Press, 1990, 2002, p. 291, "Billy Brink" (1 text)

Roud #8838 and 3317
RECORDINGS:
John Greenway, "Bluey Brink" (on JGreenway01)
A. L. Lloyd, "Bluey Brink" (on Lloyd4, Lloyd8)

SAME TUNE:
The Wedding of Lochan McGraw (Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 181-182)
NOTES: Fahey suspects this of having been the work of A.L. Lloyd, who originally collected it. Australians like to boast of their drinking, however (though their per capita consumption of alcoholic beverages, other than beer, is actually rather low), so they have gladly adopted the song. However, Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, A Guide to Australian Folklore, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 46, claims that it is from the nineteenth century. Note that the name in Paterson/Fahey/Seal and MacDougall is "Billy Brink,"and Davey/Seal mention the name 'Bluey Brinks," implying some folk processing. Though the Paterson/Fahey/Seal version (collected from Simon McDonald by O'Connor and Officer) and Finger versions as clever as Lloyd's version. Perhaps the likeliest explanation is that Lloyd tightened up a traditional song.
Meredith/Covell/Brown add that the tune for this is "The Wedding of Lochan McGraw." - RBW
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File: FaE148

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